Tiwi Bombers welcome new home for Tiwi AFL
The Tiwi Bombers Football Club now have a new oval to play home games at Nguiu on Bathurst Island, thanks to a significant investment by the Australian Government.
Funding of $1.5 million was included in a Community Benefits Package negotiated with the Tiwi Land Council in exchange for the traditional owners agreeing to a 99 year township lease over Nguiu.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin MP said the investment would lead to benefits for the community.
“This investment in new oval infrastructure, including new lighting, establishment of special purpose grass, fencing, an automatic irrigation system, and equipment for ongoing maintenance, provides significant opportunities for sport development and increased economic opportunities stemming from sport and tourism activities,” Ms Macklin said.
“It also increases opportunities for local young people and the local schools to engage in sport and in promoting an active lifestyle for these young people in their community.”
The oval was officially opened by the Hon Warren Snowdon MP, Member for Lingiari and was renamed “Tiwi Oval” by the community at today’s launch.
The traditional owners requested the redevelopment of the oval as part of the Community Benefits Package and were strongly involved in all stages.
Mr Snowdon said the new facility was a significant achievement for Nguiu.
“I welcome the support and commitment of the traditional owners and the community of Nguiu and commend the work they have done to help deliver this oval to a high standard,” Mr Snowdon said.
“I know the community is very proud of this oval and is delighted to be able to showcase it at the Tiwi Island AFL grand final next month,”
The launch today included an NTFL game between the Tiwi Bombers and Darwin Buffaloes.